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Ninja bikini sacrifices stealth for sexy coolness

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Given that ninja are pretty much all about remaining unseen, blending shinobi style with swimwear, which often uses bold, attention-grabbing designs, seems like it’d be a difficult task. Apparently it’s not too difficult for the designers at Japanese fashion label Mocolle, though.

After months of anticipation, the Kunoichi Swimsuit (kunoichi being the term for female ninja) is now officially on sale. While it’s more colorful than the monochrome black outfits most commonly associated with Japan’s shadow warriors, the garment still incorporates a number of ninja nuances.

When going on dangerous missions where combat was likely, ninja wore a kind of tightly meshed chain mail, called kusarikatabira. Obviously metal armor would be impractical for a swimsuit, but the motif is carried over in mesh portions on the chest as well as a pair of upper arm bands that are included in the bikini bundle.

Whereas Mocolle focused on cute sexiness with its Shinto shrine maiden bikini, it says the goal of the Kunoichi Swimsuit is to tap into the inherent coolness of ninja. Eye-catching as the design is, it actually provides a fair amount of coverage, especially with its short leggings and skirt.

Like most of Mocolle’s ideas, the Kunoichi Swimsuit started out as a crowdfunding project, which, once again as usual for the company, was a smashing success. It’s now being offered for direct purchase by novelty goods store Village Vanguard through its online store, priced at 8,100 yen. Orders can be placed here, with shipping scheduled for the latter half of July.

Source: Village Vanguard via IT Media

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Can NOT wait for beach season ....

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She would overdressed on our beach where the girls wear pies of string.

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must have been excited with my last comment

damn spell check

she would be overdressed on our beach where the girls wear pieces of string to cover their dignity.

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Just another massively over-engineered and oversized Japanese "swimsuit".

Agree, beach season ahoy.

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she would be overdressed on our beach where the girls wear pieces of string to cover their dignity.

Where is that beach? Asking for a friend.

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Where is that beach? Asking for a friend.


Beach Boys made a song in 1979

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Not typically a fan of beach wear, since most of what I see these days can barely pass for string, let alone clothing. This, however, gets my sincerest thumbs up, for style and allure.

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Suma yeah! Every year mate. That's a smorgasbord there

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I’d bet most Japanese babes wouldn’t want to be caught dead wearing 1 of those. I’m just saying ‘

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Whatever they want to call it, it's not a 'bikini'. Swimsuit, perhaps, but rather, a pair of shorts and tank top would be more accurate.

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Best viewed in Japan, and not on a breach in the UK

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Maybe next time they could have a go at finding an attractive girl to model it...?

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